Kogi, China sign MoU on security

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State

Richard Elesho
As a major move to boost security within its borders and adjoining states, the Kogi State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese investors for the provision of a high-technology security architecture that will capture movements in and out of the State from a control centre.
The state government said, in sealing this laudable security control deal, all stakeholders, including the Army, Department of State Services, Navy, Police and local vigilantes, among others, were carried along.
The Chief Executive Officer, of Kogi State Investment Promotion and Public Private Partnership Agency, Abdulkareem Siyaka, disclosed that a lot of work went into the conceptualisation and design of the project with the Chinese firm, Hytera, to eventually arrive at an investment deal that would greatly improve the state’s economy while also grinding insecurity to halt in Kogi State as well as across adjoining states.
He disclosed this at the opening of a two-day interactive workshop on “Kogi State Mission Critical Support System: A 21st century integrated smart state/security architecture”, held in Abuja.
He noted that the project was expected to create over 685,000 jobs, and attract over N591bn investment, yearly, while also encouraging migration to rural areas in the state, adding that a 5G licence had already been acquired by the state from the Nigerian Communications Commission.
Siyaka said, “We are putting the whole state on the map, real-time, virtual, audio and visual, so as you enter Kogi State from anywhere, even through the bush, we will see you. I won’t go into too many details because of the sensitivity of the architecture. But the components will be manned by a command/control centre.
“The idea is that the moment you come into the state, we will see you; if you’re driving, if you’re walking, you have metal, if you’re talking, we will be able to pick it and then if you do something wrong, we will be able to intercept you using our field personnel on the ground etc.”
He said Governor Yahaya Bello “knows that to develop Kogi State, he will need to be ahead of criminals by using artificial intelligence, by using super crime fighting infrastructure. We are bordered by 11 states we don’t have control over, so the best way to immunize, to arm ourselves is to go into this kind of project.”
Bello, while declaring the workshop open, said he was confident that the project, which would be driven by a 5G network and a 30Megawatt gas-powered electricity plant to be built by an American company, would not only ensure a safer Kogi State but would improve economic and infrastructural development, greatly.
The Governor said, “There cannot be any meaningful development without adequate security. We are a serious government ready to harness every one of our resources for the benefit of our people. We will continue to do our best. We have received several awards in terms of providing safety and security for our people. That is a call to do more and we will do more.
“I want to assure the people of Kogi State that to my last day in office, I will continue to cooperate with all our law enforcement agencies and our citizens across the board to make sure we fight these criminals to a standstill.”